Thursday, 24 October 2013

Ego traps

As spiritual beings, when we try to annihilate our ego it becomes really cunning and try to disguise itself as something else. The ego loathes being exposed and ultimately annihilated. Therefore when you think you have recognised and eradicated it, it will prevail in more subtle ways that you surely won't even be aware of.

Here are some ego-driven behaviour disguised as enlightened behaviour:

  • Let's say you start hanging around people who are like minded and start discussing how ego driven and unenlightened so many people are and how much they need to become more enlightened----- that my friend is an ego trap. It is not a good way of teaching anyone anything , it is however, a subtle way to give yourself a pat on the back for being above the masses . This an ego-driven  behaviour disguised as enlightened behaviour.
  • Another prime example of this is, say you don't watch TV anymore for whatever the reason. Now you find yourself silently or vocally judging others for watching TV, going on about how sad it is that we don't make many lasting or meaningful relationships or never reach or true potential because our focus lies somewhere else -------That's an ego trap!
  • Let's say you hate gossipping and will go to great lengths to discuss why it is you don't do it. Then you judge everyone else who does. Your ego has tricked you yet again. No matter how much of  an enlightened person you think you are, we all gossip --- FACT!
  • Another example of an ego trap is this, say you tend to believe in a fair political system, while this seems noble the ego has over taken any good intent. Always taking the fair side is just as biased, stubborn and ego-driven as always taking the left or right side. Every situation is different some times we must swerve left, or right or keep going straight ahead, there is not one way that can solve every problem every time. That's an ego trap!
Truth be told even I fall into most, if not all of these ego traps from time to time.  I try to be conscious of when I am doing it and to be completely honest with myself so I don't fool myself into thinking I am more enlightened than I really am.

Heart Follower

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